After an emphatic victory at the Bridgestone Invitational last weekend, Tiger Woods had all the momentum coming into the PGA Championship. Woods began the first round on Thursday by shooting (-2) on the first nine holes, but he ended his day with a bogey and a double bogey on the last five holes. It looked like he’d be right in the thick of things heading into Friday, but his (+1) score now has him six strokes off the lead.
While it’s way too early to count Tiger out in this one, we all know the difference in his game when he gets out to an early lead. Starting the PGA down six strokes doesn’t figure to be the winning formula for the world’s number one golfer. Still, if he can rebound with a very strong outing on Friday, you never know. Sometimes all it takes is a couple big shots to get him back in the zone.
After Tiger called the greens at Oak Hill into question a few days back, many people got on his case for criticizing the historic course. It’s been no secret that Woods’ putter has been holding him back, so some were jumping to conclusions that he was making excuses. I don’t believe that to be the case, but after his first round performance, his putter is the only thing that can save him now. Tiger is going to have to drain birdies the rest of the weekend to have any chance of ending his major drought.